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Mark McGwire, who played most of his first 12 major-league seasons with the Oakland Athletics, postponed his induction into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame next week because he felt his presence would be a distraction. McGwire was criticized for his evasive responses to questions during Congressional hearings on steroid use in baseball.

Kelenna Azubuike, a 6-foot-5 junior swingman who was Kentucky's leading scorer this past season, will enter the NBA draft along with Georgetown's leading scorer, 6-8 forward Brandon Bowman.

Buffalo native Greg Oden, a 7-foot junior who led Lawrence North (24-2) to its second straight Indiana Class 4A championship, was selected the Gatorade National High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

The WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks hired former USC men's basketball coach Henry Bibby as head coach.

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